We try to cover everything that's entertainment at home, which is a very broad range! Scrolldown for more, see latest twitter feed at bottom of page, or go straight to other pages via the sidebar titles.
This is an ongoing project, and not your typical, tidy theatre room!
See item on the TV page
I make regular recommendations of albums - mainly jazz and classical - and review live shows I've been to. The Twitter feed at the foot of this page will give fast access to recent additions.
This is not exhaustive, just those ones which catch my attention, but always of interest.
Lately I've been looking again at what shape your local hifi retailer might take as the various forces reshape the retail world. Online sales continue to grow, but will not entirely replace the store, which must become a destination of sorts
You can find this and other articles, such as "Made In Japan?" here in the articles section.
This is a ground-breaking new section of the site, where we have a very experienced speaker designer tell you a whole lot of home truths about the trade-offs, misapprehensions and commercial expediencies often involved in speaker design.
Noted speaker designer Ralph Waters (who founded Richter Acoustics and Subsonic) has kindly agreed to do a series for us on what makes them sound good bad, or indifferent. You'll find his hard-hitting expose on our dedicated page for his guest appearances, which we'll call Speakers' Corner.
Parts 1 - 8 are all up. Update: Capter 9 added! Scroll down for the most recent chapters, but if you're new to this section, just start at the top.
UPDATE: New page on SUBWOOFERS has started here.
It started with just one zone, now there are four. Where will it end, and what gives it this strange power? Part Two is on the Retro Gear page, where I describe a frankensteinian experiment splicing Sonos into a Grundig valve radiogram.
UPDATE: network issues have made it all go strange. First the change to a new cable modem upset things, requiring a lot of re-sorting, now it's a daily guessing game as to which zones will come on and work that day. Spotify has a damaged undersea cable I'm told, so it's also been unreliable. After a few days and some more changes to the network switching setup, it may be settling. Hope so.
YES. All good again. Phew! Now, how about that new one, the Playbar?
UPDATE: A week later - "Cannot find Sonos components." Nothing's changed! Once again, modernity has its down side at times. It just won't work at all now, and it's the weekend, of course!
SONOS guys at PLAYBACK SYSTEMS are THE BEST. Although the D-Link switch had happily coexisted with previous hardware, it turned out to be the problem here. Must have been interfering with the wireless frequencies something awful.
After much trial-and-error it has been junked and the system is back to what it had been, but with a new TP-Link WR1043ND router as slave to the Telstra Netgear cable modem - the TP Link runs the wireless side of things and acts as the switch for cabling to other rooms.
So, while I was inclined to blame Telstra (and I have to say that the JB Hifi guys were a bit down on them too) it's advisable to renew switches - they don't cost that much, and they get out of date or just deteriorate perhaps.
Update - The TP-Link needs to be reset every couple of days, which is very annoying. Next, we're trying an Apple Extreme.
Latest:The Apple Extreme is slow to pick up the Sonos units, doesn't find them all, often can only find the Play:5. So it's back to the TP-Link and regular resets! But at least Sonos/Spotify/JazzRadio are all working as they should, apart from the odd dropout.
We now take these things for granted, but if you're interested in how the technology developed, there's a Brief History at this page from Ars Technica.
Every gadget and widget will be connected to the net, and there are enough IP addresses for them all!
The Hifi Headlines magazines which I edit for Len Wallis Audio can be found in free online readable form here.
Not by any means comprehensive, and purely personal, but I've recounted the movies I've liked over many years, mainly by decade!
We pick the stories of interest and give links at NEWS PAGE.
I'm into the odd bit of retro gear, and have started a page for it (updated again 30/12/2012, with more pics) here. Feel free to email me about what gear you enjoy or would like to get for yourself.
Our Links Page can get you there quickly!
Have you wondered how those glowing lamps do the magic they do? Charl Du Plessis explains it on this page.
It's around eight years since I wrote The Future of Retailing. In it I said that the distance between the manufacturer and the consumer would continue to shrink.
"This trend is going to grow as people gain confidence in their ability to assess and to make purchasing decisions without visiting a retailer."
The growth of boutique "own brand" stores and manufacturers selling direct to the public online continues. I also chanced my arm in 2005 and said that "By 2015, I expect a large percentage of retail to be online transactions." We'll have to wait a bit yet, but the trend is underway and will accelerate.
It's always good to get emails from people who've enjoyed the site, have corrections, or any ideas.
gforgie AT homeentertainment DOT com DOT au